The duck, merganser and coot hunting season opens Oct. 19 in the south duck hunting zone.
Hunters have a few new law changes to be aware of, including a new possession limit of three times the daily bag limit, which is an increase from twice the daily bag limit. The scaup limit was increased to three per day and the canvasback limit increased to two per day.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly migration report on Fridays at www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/MigratoryGameBirds/WaterfowlMigrationSurvey.aspx. It also has an online wetland habitat condition report compiled from each of the DNR’s wildlife management districts at www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/MigratoryGameBirds/WetlandHabitatConditions.aspx.
Hunters can use that information to prepare for marsh conditions or to change their hunting location.
Hunters not sure where to go can start at the Iowa hunting atlas, which is an interactive map that shows all 600,000 acres of public hunting land that is owned by the state, county or federal governments, then use the wetland habitat report to narrow their focus. The atlas is available online at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting.
A click on an area will show basic information like zone and open season, and links to maps, if available.
The atlas view from above allows hunters to zoom in on an area, see how to get there, the lay of the land and where one parcel of public hunting land is in relation to others.